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Bill Eddins
On Tuesday's Performance Today conductor, pianist and candid commentator Bill Eddins joins host Fred Child in the studio to take listeners on a tour of his favorite pieces of classical music. He talks about the unappreciated humor in Beethoven's symphonies, the sly keyboard prowess of Alicia de Larrocha, and reveals what he calls "the sexiest piece of classical music ever written."
Nov 24
Clarice Assad
In 2011, composer Clarice Assad wove together a dozen tunes by Bach. The violas and cellos play the melodies, so it's called the "Suite for Lower Strings, based on themes of Bach." On Monday's Performance Today, we'll hear this 18th century-inspired modern music from a concert in San Francisco.
Nov 22
Madeleine Dring
On this weekend's Performance Today, Camerata Pacifica plays a witty trio by 20th century English composer Madeleine Dring. Never heard of her? Join us to explore great music by composers whose work deserves to be heard more often.
Nov 21
Erdapfel
On Friday's Performance Today, we'll hear highlights from around the world. Pianist Stephen Hough plays a soulful Chopin waltz in concert in London; the Vienna Philharmonic plays a lively Strauss polka in concert in their hometown; and Michael Tilson Thomas conducts a cast of 500 in a symphony by Mahler in San Francisco.
Nov 20
Lydia Artymiw
Pianist Lydia Artymiw says that playing well with other musicians takes more than practice. On Thursday's Performance Today, Artymiw and the Miami String Quartet join us in the studio for a more in depth conversation, plus a performance of music by Ernst von Dohnanyi.
Nov 19
Composer Robert Schumann has his share of critics.
Robert Schumann wrote a piece that features four horns playing flat out over an orchestra. It's not played very often, because you need four super-talented horn players to pull it off. On Wednesday's Performance Today, we'll hear a performance of Schumann's horn-heavy concertstuck from an all-star concert in Aspen, Colorado.
Nov 18
Lang Lang
Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 might be the most popular piece of classical music from the last century and a half. And on Tuesday's Performance Today, we'll hear it played by a gentleman who might be today's most popular classical pianist - Lang Lang.
Nov 17
Madeleine Dring
On Monday's Performance Today, Camerata Pacifica plays a witty trio by 20th century English composer Madeleine Dring. Never heard of her? Join us to explore great music by composers whose work deserves to be heard more often.
Nov 15
Rebel
Matthias Maute loves music from the early 1700s - partly because composers generally didn't write everything out. As he puts it, "you get only the melodies, and everything else must be invented." On this weekend's Performance Today, Maute and the rest of the ensemble REBEL join Fred in the studio for baroque music with a certain amount of improvisation.
Nov 14
La Tour Eiffel
On Friday's Performance Today, we'll hear highlights from recent concerts in Paris and New York. From New York, the ethereal Vocalise by Rachmaninoff; and from Paris, a rollicking performance of Dvorak's Violin Concerto.
Nov 13
Bargemusic
It's a concert hall inside an old barge, floating on the East River in Brooklyn. From your concert seat, you can see the Manhattan skyline and feel the movement of the river. On Thursday's Performance Today, we'll go to Bargemusic to hear music by Bach.
Nov 12
Rebel
Matthias Maute loves music from the early 1700s - partly because composers generally didn't write everything out. As he puts it, "you get only the melodies, and everything else must be invented." On Wednesday's Performance Today, Maute and the rest of the ensemble REBEL join Fred in the studio for baroque music with a certain amount of improvisation.
Nov 11
Maurice Ravel
On Veterans Day, retired Army bugler Sgt. Major Woodrow English joins us to discuss the history and meaning of "Taps." Plus a full show dedicated to the remembrance of the Great War, including music by Ravel, Butterworth, and Suk.
Nov 10
Felix Mendelssohn
On Monday's Performance Today, we'll go to a concert at Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles to hear the Los Angeles Philharmonic play a piece that Felix Mendelssohn called his "celebration of a religious revolution."
Nov 8
Handel
On this weekend's Performance Today, we'll hear the warm sound of ensemble Arcangelo as they perform music by Handel on period instruments at Carnegie Hall.
Nov 7
Steven Lin
For his Carnegie Hall debut, PT Young Artist Steven Lin asked a friend to compose something new - but he had one special request. Find out what it was, and hear Lin play music by a friend on Friday's Performance Today.
Nov 6
Steven Lin
Our current PT Young Artist in Residence is OK with music competitions - up to a point. On Thursday's Performance Today, Steven Lin will tell us why he believes competitions should never be taken too seriously.
Nov 5
Steven Lin
Pianist Steven Lin is our latest Young Artist in Residence. While talking with Fred, Steven revealed that while he was a student at Juilliard, he didn't practice all that much. But why? We'll find out on Wednesday's Performance Today.
Nov 4
Robert Schumann
On Tuesday's Performance Today we have a stellar performance by a musical dream team: Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, and Denes Varjon play Schumann's Piano Trio No. 1 in concert in Poland.
Nov 3
1916 cover illustration
Maurice Ravel wrote his Mother Goose Suite as piano pieces for children. But then he realized that fairy tales aren't just for kids, so he turned the music into a lush piece for full orchestra. On Monday's Performance Today, we'll go to a concert in Hamburg, Germany to hear Ravel's grown-up take on Mother Goose.
Nov 1
Sheet music
Every week on our Piano Puzzler, composer Bruce Adolphe re-writes a familiar tune in the style of a classical composer. Play along on this weekend's Performance Today; see if you can guess the tune and the composer whose style Bruce is mimicking.